In class we were prompted to do a free write poem about something relating to teaching or education. What follows is a brief poem and 26 things I learned in elementary school by having a social-justice oriented curriculum.
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A Poem for Teacher
Everything I need to know, I learned in Elementary School.
Remain current by
Teaching to the future activist.
Speak up, always.
White people can actually be wonderful allies.
My alphabet consists of letters linked to words
A: Ableism is hurtful. Nothing is “wrong” with her.
B: Belonging means everyone fits here somehow.
C: Community looks like whomever has your back.
D: Difference is a beautiful thing to be celebrated.
E: Equity > Equality
F: Families come in all shapes, sizes and make ups. Community looks like whoever makes you feel good and has your back. The only requirement there is love.
G: You must not only be good, but do good. Walk the walk, my friends.
H: History is one of this finicky things that isn’t black and white. The story you hear depends a lot on who you ask to tell it.
I: “In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue, it was a courageous thing to do but someone was already there.” It’s always been Indigenous People’s Day to me.
J: Judge only when you know everything, and since you can never know everything, never judge.
K: Killing and violence are never the answer.
L: Listen with an open mind and open heart.
M: Model what you want to see.
N: “No” means no.
O: Oakland has so many amazing things to offer those who are willing to appreciate its community (AKA gentrification sucks).
P: Work for Peace.
Q: Question everything.
S: Say something! If not you, then who?
T: T is for our fearless leader Tom Little, may he Rest in Paradise.
U: Union– we are stronger together than we are apart.
V: Use your voice to help other’s find theirs.
W: We only have one world, we must take care of it.
X: Xylophones etc. Music really brings people together.
Y: Youth have power and can bring about impactful and important change.
Z: Zero-the number of situations where it is okay to intentionally hurt someone.